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New Investment Spurs Snowmass Base Construction


Snowmass Base Village gets new life. (Snowmass Village/Facebook)

There’s lots going on at Snowmass this summer as ownership works to finally build out the resort base area and to establish the Colorado mountain as a major summer destination.

Work includes the resumption of construction of the 100-room Limelight Hotel as well as four other unfinished buildings and a central plaza/ice rink in the Snowmass Base Village. These projects have languished for more than a decade – with a history that stretches back to the 1980s.

This season, skiers and snowboarders will see tangible evidence of the new investment commitment around the base area in the $600 million, 10-year project touted as the largest ski resort redevelopment underway in North America.

Hotel to be built at Snowmass. (Snowmass Village/Facebook)

The flurry of activity around the base area represents a financial commitment by a partnership formed earlier this year to purchase six resorts and other properties from longtime resort owner Intrawest – and signal Aspen’s ascension into the multi-resort business.

Snowmass wants to escalate its position in the summer resort arena and, as such, is building out the Lost Forest adventure center. By this winter, visitors will ride a new year-round alpine coaster that will travel 5,700 feet and drop more than 400 vertical feet under construction in the Elk Camp area.

Plans call for a new zipline tour, high ropes course, 15-lane climbing wall, and new hiking and biking trails up on the mountain also in the Elk Camp area – all expected to be operating by the summer of 2018.

"These additions will provide guests an opportunity to be completely immersed in nature while enjoying an array of activities," Aspen Skico said. "The Lost Forest is designed to be intertwined with nature, not detached from it."

Ready for build-out at Snowmass. (Snowmass Village/Facebook)

The company, which owns Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands and Snowmass, has put money into the mountain at Snowmass in the past 12 years, officials said, to install the Elk Camp gondola, Meadows beginner area, on-mountain restaurants, newly aligned chairlifts and a children’s center.

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